Traveling solo frees you from the need to pay attention to a traveling companion so you can do whatever you please. But part of the pleasure of traveling is meeting people local to your destination. It’s the best way to learn more about the culture and way of life in a city like Ottawa. Ottawa is the capital of Canada. The feel of the city combines a European vibe with the laid-back attitude of Canada. With lots to do and see while you’re in town, you can socialize along the way. Here are some places that are great for meeting new people!
The ByWard Market is a cosmopolitan section of town that’s home to all kinds of unique businesses. Here you’ll find restaurants that are cheek to jowl with one another and farmers and artists market with over 260 stalls to peruse. The outdoor vendors operate from around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but each permanent business has its own hours. The market draws a diverse crowd of people to meet, talk to, and learn from while you explore Ottawa.
Haunted Walk of Ottawa
The Haunted Walk of Ottawa isn’t so much a ghost hunt as it is a tour of spooky locations that may or may not be haunted by former residents. The walk serves as a history lesson on Ottawa as the guide shares stories about famous ghosts. The original tour takes you to the Bytown Museum, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and a haunted high school. Offshoots of the original include the Crime and Punishment Jail Tour that goes through the Carleton County Jail and special adventures to properties that the regular explorations usually don’t reach.
Tours last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes and cover a range of locations. You’ll want to get a hotel room near the site of the walk so you can have a convenient place to relax and contemplate all you learn.
Ottawa is home to many museums that focus on the cultural, historical, and natural wonders of Ottawa and the world beyond. The History Museum is full of fascinating exhibits that focus on famous events and life during a given time period in Canada. This attraction showcases all of the cultures that call this country home.
Another museum that’s worth exploring is the Canadian Museum of Nature. The building itself is historic as it was built in 1905, an homage to Queen Victoria. It’s a Gothic-style limestone building with a commanding presence that provides a unique home for museum exhibits. Natural displays are found inside and out so make sure to set aside enough time to see everything and still meet some new people.
These are just a few of the ways to be social in Ottawa without hanging out in a bar or nightclub. Find some like-minded individuals or meet other residents who are completely different but still part of the fabric of Ottawa. You might just go home with a few new email addresses to keep in contact with those you meet!
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